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iPhone5s capture June 2017 of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City utilized Pixelmator photo-editing to remove power lines and add copyright text

Hello Kittens & Pups! This is another mashup edition of three hops rolled into one which means it’s gonna be longer than usual. As you know, I’m simplifying my life with the holidays by trying to not get too overwhelmed with blogging life but I invite you to link up and enjoy the fun. I promise to visit ASAP!



Next up, Wednesday Hodgepodge, a weekly Q&A segment hosted by Joyce. This is a great way to get to know one another better.

1. What takes you out of your comfort zone? At one time I could easily name a few things that I hated the thought of not doing because it meant stepping away from my comfort zone but now…my mind goes blank. Does being in super crowded places count? I really do not like the feeling of being boxed in or my personal space invaded.

2. Your least favorite spice? You’re making this week difficult for me, girl. I’m clueless on what’s my least favorite spice. I keep to the basics and anything that’s different from the norm I only buy if a recipe specifies it or just do without it.

3. What’s a small change you’d like to make? The one small change I’m working on is not eating unnecessary in-between meals. That’s where those unwanted pounds slip up on you and before I know it, I’m in panic mode to shed an extra 5 pounds. The holidays are going to make this really hard but I trying to view this as a positive thing. If I can overwhelm nibbling through the holidays then maybe I won’t have to kill myself after the first to burn off the excess. *fingers crossed*

4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you’ve visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they’re as follows – Monticello (Jefferson’s home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway’s home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA) Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit? First off, of the homes listed in Southern Living the only one we’ve visited is Biltmore Estates. It’s a very impressive, beautiful, victorian home. We were there once at Christmas in the mid-80s (before children) and then again in the spring of 2008. This is my favorite historic home near us. Of the ones listed that I’d like most to see has to be Mount Vernon. That would be awesome! Knoxville has several historic homes. Some, we’ve been to but only from the outside with the exception of Blount Mansion that we toured years ago. There are a others we’ve visited within a short drive outside of Knoxville like Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Davy Crockett Tavern, and President Andrew Johnson’s home. East Tennessee is a historical hot spot with tons of Civil War trails and homes. I’d love to take time after DH’s eye is completely heal to see more of these places in detail.

5. What’s something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad? I I think CD/DVD players for mewsic or computers are definitely phasing out. I remember the day when I couldn’t think it was possible to not want this technology but with the aging of streaming services for mewsic and movies, as well as software download then it’s not necessary to have the older technology. I’m not sure if it makes me either happy or sad. It’s just a change in how we do things.

6. Insert your own random thought here. I’ll leave you with a burst of late fall colors in our area over the past weeks ago. It was a wonderful surprise. I thought the leaves were just going to dry up and blow away.

Fort Loudon Lake near Concord Yacht Club

Shot through a moving car near the Super Walmart Center at Turkey Creek

Chick-Fil-A on Parkside Drive, two weeks ago. The leaves were all gone this weekend. 🙁

I loved the low light and soft evening blue sky making the fall foliage barely visible. Near Target Super Store at Turkey Creek.

Here’s another Turkey Creek area shot I captured this one this past weekend and wome of the yellow trees still looked amazing!

 

Wrapping things up for this Wednesday, I’m joining Stephen and company for another round of Battle of the Bands!

This is the season of Thanksgiving, so I’m going to use three covers of William DeVaughn’s classic song “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” (reference only, please do not vote for original version).

Listen, then cast your vote in comments and feel free to tell us why your artist is the best candidate.

 

 

 

Who does it better Lady C, One blood, or Rumer? What are you thankful for? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

There’s no wrong way to vote, except a “no” vote. So, please chime in!

 

 

I’ll be back next week this time to share my pick along with the results, so mark your calendar and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “songs of Thanksgiving or Thankful” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! Have a good day!

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Linville Falls Picnic Area #BlueRidgeNPS #WW

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m feeling happy and blessed these days. We got some good news yesterday. I’m not ready to share that just yet but maybe on Friday I can fill y’all in.  I can’t believe the splendor of autumn is passed us; most of the leaves have fallen off and the trees stand bare. November is pushing past me like a blur. Here’s another peek from our October trip to the parkway. It was such a beautiful day!

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What have you been photographing lately? Do you prefer to take landscape or people shots?

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll Join me for some laughs with Friday Sillies and get another peek through the lens with Skywatch Friday while enjoying Friendly Fill-ins, Celebrate the Small Things, and more Friday social media fun. Have a fototastic day!

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Grandfather’s Mountain from #BlueRidgeNPS

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Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! I’m glad to see you today. This week has been a bit hectic and stressful with the presidential election. I felt it my duty to do the whole social media thing to help the undecided voter or swaying the opposition to jump ship for the “MAGA” candidate.  We crawled beneath the sheets exhausted but happy around 3:30am this morning; watching the race to the White House.

Now it’s time to have a little fun. I’m sharing another peek from our trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway from last month. The mountain in the background is Grandfather’s Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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I love how the fall foliage frames this shot and drawing your eyes to the bald cliffs of Grandfather’s Mountain. We have not been there but I’d love to go. It requires an entrance fee. It’s sort of expensive. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to go sometime in the near future after DH gets a job. 🙂

How are the views through the lens where you are? Would you care to share them and link up?

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Come back for another look through my lens for Skywatch Friday and more Friday fun stuff. 😉 Have a fototastic day!

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#WW Mountain View

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Taken last fall, with my big girl camera, along the North Carolina side of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hello kittens and dawgs! I’m thrilled October is here. The weather is cooling off, which I’m totally digging, and I’m looking forward to the changes in the mountains.

We aren’t seeing foliage like this yet, so thankfully archived photos work out beautifully to get you in the mood. For now, I want to share another mountain view captured while on a long day trip this summer.

The image quality isn’t the best, as I had to reduce the original size so to work properly on blog. I’m not sure what’s up with that but anyhow, this is a panoramic shot taken with my iPhone 5s, south of Roanoke, Virginia on the Blue Ridge Parkway of Cahas Mountain ~ very peaceful spot.

 

It won’t be long before we’ll can enjoy mountains of red, orange, and yellow again. Don’t forget to link up!


I’m kicking out of my blog break mode and going full throttle with my regular posting routine or at least this is my plan. DH continues to job hunt with local nibbles few and far between, but patience is a virtue and for now we can wait just a bit before panic is necessary. lol

Thanks being patient with me and for making me apart of your day. I hope you’ll decide to visit a few of my favorite #WW shutterbugs link ups!

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#SWF: Grandfather Mountain

While DH and I spent some together time last month, we had the pleasure of enjoying a couple of trips to the mountains. On one such occasion, I found the passage of highway surprisingly opened revealing a spectacular view worthy of attention and preservation in the digital world from a back road off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today’s Skywatch Friday contribution is of Grandfather Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

Let me say, Thank you for making me apart of your day and although, I’m unplugged I will return visits to anyone who leaves a comment.  Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!